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End Hunger UK calls on government to start measuring household food insecurity

The campaign asks MPs to support the bill during it's reading on 29 November, when it will be put forward by Emma Lewell-Buck MP.

Every day in the UK people are going hungry because they cannot afford to eat. You may know someone in this position, or maybe this is you. However, MPs don’t know how big the scale of this problem is because, surprisingly, they do not collect statistics on how many people can’t afford to eat, or worry about where their next meal is coming from.

But we have a chance to change this and we need your help. Emma Lewell-Buck MP has created a 10-minute Rule Bill which asks the government to start measuring food insecurity across the UK. This will be heard by MPs on November 29th.

The need for this bill is as simple as this: what gets measured gets fixed. Food insecurity is affecting your community, your neighbours. In a rich country like ours, this is simply unacceptable! But we need quality data as a necessary first step to tackling this problem head on. As a member of the End Hunger UK campaign, Sustain joins this call for MPs to back the bill.

Take action with End Hunger UK to tell the government that food insecurity should be measured.

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Food Poverty: Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.



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